Tuesday, July 05, 2016

The Election

Mentions of buying a sausage from a charity fund raising barbeque at a polling booth was very amusing a few elections ago. I am well over the hashtag Democracy Sausage. I heard a query on the radio today, can you buy vegetarian sausages at the polling booth barbeque? More importantly to me as we dined at the Elsternwick Hotel with two friends on Saturday night, can a Hindu buy a beef free sausage at the polling booth barbeque. One of the friends is a former Country Party politician and now a Liberal Party member. He ignored my greeting, hello comrade. He later asked about getting election results on my phone. With some glee, I told him the Liberal seat of Mayo had fallen to Nick Exephon, however you spell his name.

We voted on our way to Saturday shopping in Prahran. Most of the voters were walk ups as there was no problem parking the car. But the queue was very long. It is the first time I have experienced, and with subsequent knowledge perhaps the first time it has been done, but the booth was catering for two electorates, Melbourne Ports and Higgins.  There was a feeling of chaos about the whole thing. Maybe it would have better to employ the folk who were employed to organise the queue as people who were issuing ballot papers and marking names off the list. In spite of a very large number of voting before polling day, the Australian Electoral Commission seems to have failed badly at this election, with some booths running out of ballot papers, others for six minutes after opening issuing the wrong ballot papers and complaints about long queues like I have never heard before, with people via media and friends saying the went to the voting booths three times and then left because the queue was too long. From arriving at the booth to exiting, it took 25 minutes for us. Only one before have we spent longer at a voting booth. I wanted to pre poll, but R said no, we will do it on the day, and then regretted it. I was lucky. While the cardboard voting booths looked tiny to me, I dodged in front of an old and frail disabled person and got the wide and low booth with a seat, and filled the metre wide Senate ballot paper. It still went up the sides of the voting booth. What ever happened to those decently sized plywood voting booths? There were more complaints about the writing being too small and faint.

Sister sat behind a desk at a polling booth and Face Booked at about 3pm, it is dead quiet so come and vote now.

Never mind the democracy sausage, we could have nearly done our weekly shopping at the market stalls at the voting booth, there were so many stalls but we bought nothing as we were out to do our weekly shopping and have breakfast first in the Prahran Market courtyard.




Famous Bearded Media Person Neighbour has now become Famous Bearded Senator Neighbour. Whatever you may think of him, he is always so pleasant and charming and stops for a chat. A night or two before the election we saw him in the lift and he said that he really did not think initially he had a chance of being elected, among other things he said. He was with I expect his campaign manager, as I saw the same person in the background on tv, and again today when we saw him in the lift once more. We offered our hearty congratulations to him, and sincerely. We may or may not have voted for him, but on a personal level, we like him.

As for the election result, Malcolm promised things to the right wing of his party to become Prime Minister. These were things he did not believe in but was beholden to his party. Had Malcolm been allowed his head, he would have become Prime Minister with a resounding victory.

For me it kind of boiled down to tax cuts for big business, a slow privatisation of our not so bad medical system, nothing for the environment, a plebiscite on same sex marriage when it should just be legislation passed, a reduction in pay to the lowest paid, some union bashing and worker entitlement reductions and little to cope with a fast growing population.

Labor offered a crackdown on benefits to rich people's superannuation, a crackdown on negative gearing,  some very positive infrastructure spending, but best of all, fibre internet to the home rather than the node to the end of your street.

I did not believe former Prime Minister Gillard when she said she did not believe in same sex marriage and I was proved right. I did not believe Malcolm as Communication Minister in a former government and who made some of him millions from his internet provider company Ozemail, when he proposed fibre to the node rather than fibre to home. That was where he lost me.

While I used to not mind Turnbull he is now in my eyes, a very weak person for not standing up to his party and saying, we do it my way or not at all.

Brexit happened because lazy young people in Britain did not get off their phones and go out and vote, and now they complain about the result and how old people voted. A week or so later after the Brexit vote, the world has not collapsed and the English residents of the European Costa del Sol have not been put in quarantine camps.

There is serious issue here of young people not being enrolled to vote here in Australia. It is up to them to enroll but I think it is law that they must. It is not enforced and the government has all their records from birth to Social Security to Medicare. Why aren't they automatically enrolled?

To those who are troubled by Brexit, take note, almost one fifth of our state of Queensland voted first for Pauline Hanson and she is about is to become a Senator in the Australian parliament. While I dislike her in the extreme and much of what she says and I remember the awful impression of she gave of Australia in the past, do take note politicians. Australians accept immigration and a growing population, but not to the extreme and both need to be managed carefully and not upset the horses.

To wrap with something lighter, respected SBS newsreader Lee Lin Chin yesterday tweeted, "I wish a 'hung parliament' was as sexy as it sounds".

This is an off the cuff post, without review and sorry for the graammer and spellling.

30 comments:

  1. I cant comment on your politics as ours is soooo bloody messy

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    1. John, yes rather messy. It was your lot wot did it.

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  2. Love the Lee Lin Chin tweet. Clever and funny.
    Sadly because Malcolm lacked intestinal fortitude the hard right has gained strength, and are agitating for the return of Mr Rabbit. The billion dollar cuts to welfare to pay for the big business tax cuts which may or may not trickle down got my ire.
    I didn't realise that the human headline was your neighbour.

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    1. EC, well the might agitate, but I doubt The Abbott is electable. Yes, he has lived here for as long as we have. His last ex wife lives in another apartment here and her parents in another here.

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  3. Anonymous8:20 am

    It's a pity that electronic voting or online voting hasn't been introduced. It's ridiculous in this day and age, that three days after the election, we still have no idea which party will form government or even when the result will be known. They did it in NSW last year it's about time it happened federally. Though I don't suppose even God Almighty would be able to count the Senate vote in a reasonable time, let alone a computer. - Ian

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    1. Ian, I am not sure I knew that happened in NSW. I suppose it all went well? I would think we would have an instant result at the close of polls, excepting postal votes.

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    2. Anonymous7:01 pm

      Apparently it went well but if hackers can get into and compromise secure government and defence websites, who's to say what could happen at election time? I think it's a better system than the one we have now if it can be made secure. And that's a big IF. - Ian

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  4. I think security is the name of the game with online voting.
    This morning it sounds like Hinch will be fighting tooth and nail with Hanson. She would never have been back if Malware had not dropped the numbers to half of what they usually are to be elected a senator. She's showing her age, must have been 10 centimetres of make-up on that face filling up the wrinkles. And she wants a Royal Commission to find out if Islam is a religion or a terrorist group.

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    1. Jah Teh, I thought she may have matured, but clearly not if she wants an RC to establish that about Islam.

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    2. La Pauline breaches out hate speech legislation every time she speaks against individuals or communities. If I was Asian (her earlier target population) or Islamic (her current target), I would be very very afraid.

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    3. Joseph, thanks for your comment. I was horrified when she was last in power and i heard tales from south east asian workmates about the effect of what she said on them.

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  5. I'm also over the Democracy Sausage business. I like a sausage as much as the next person (maybe more...) but WHATEVER.

    I've never waited so long to vote either - 40 minutes from arriving to leaving, and I think it's because of the Higgins voting at the same booth - less room for Melbourne Ports voters. Why don't they keep their booths inside their own electorate?

    We might have voted at the same booth - SYPS on the edge of Fawkner Park?

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    1. Jayne, I think it was a bit of a disaster conducted by the AEC in so many places. Yep, we voted at the same place. We were there about 9.30.

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  6. When the counting has finished and the dust has settled, let me know who won, okay?

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    1. Angel will wake you and let you know.

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  7. I can't believe the mess the Senate will now be in. And yes, there is automatic enrolment for the youth with cross-referencing to drivers licensing details (perhaps just a Qld thing) ~ the boy missed the close-off to enrol, but still got a letter in the mail to announce he was now on the rolls.

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    1. Very interesting Carol. Maybe it is a Queensland thing because I know lots of young people aren't enrolled. You never know, some good policies might come our of the Senate. It does tend to restrain excesses.

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  8. Crikey Andrew .... I don't know much about those politician blokes. Mum'd like me to pee on most of 'em. She reckons they are all crooks. Thanks for stopping by with kind thoughts for us today. We are very sad still. Morty's still with us but it's not looking good and doubtful he will make it through the night.

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    1. Charlie, not all of them are bad but they get corrupted by the system. I was thinking of your friend Morty during the day and wondering.

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  9. Interesting read Andrew.
    So the bearded one lives in the high riser, hope he does well. Certainly a colourful past and lucky to be alive.
    I will be pleased when the counting is done!
    from Ayr.

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    1. He does Margaret and we know him well enough from lift conversations over the years. Ayers Rock?

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  10. All went smoothly here Andrew, much smoother than the counting it would seem 😃 However it turns out we don't have trump.. show my distain by refusing to give him a capital 't' 😃 'A hung parliament sounds sexier than it is' made me laugh. Glad your computer probs seem to be over.

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    1. Grace, pleased to hear your exercise of your democratic duty was painless. Thank goodness Trumpet has no say here.

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    2. Grace, pleased to hear your exercise of your democratic duty was painless. Thank goodness Trumpet has no say here.

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  11. I don't like politics

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    1. Gosia, you may well say that, but politics makes a big difference in our lives.

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  12. We voted the Friday night and got to meet the lovely Jason Ball. Highlight of my week.
    Went to get a sausage on Saturday, they also had nachos and lollie bags! Oh and aprons for sale!!
    Your neighbour was very nice to me when I was in hospital, we exchanged liver stories.

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    1. Fen, Ball seems very nice. Lordy, another person I know who met him via liver stuff. Our friend's brother had a liver transplant at nearly the same time as our neighbour. But weren't you at St V's. They were at The Austin, I think.

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  13. There was something on the news here about the Australian election, that no majority was achieved so it was undetermined who would hold power. We have parties here intent on wrestling the poor of what little they might have, with the "you're not good enough and don't deserve anything" argument. They battle for big business and scream that increasing minimum wage, so people getting it can even pay rent, will cost jobs, when the minimum wage jobs are all government subsidized anyhow, since people do not make enough to live without government help like food stamps etc. So the businesses, while claiming to be against big government, really want government and taxpayers to pay half the upkeep for their underpaid employees.

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    1. Strayer, still not decided nearly a week later. Does't matter. Government goes on. All summed up by business wanting to privatise the profits and socialise the losses. It is the same here, but perhaps surrounding by more fluffy wool.

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